Corpus-based Studies in Language Use, Language Learning, and Language Documentation

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This volume consists of selected papers from the 2009 meeting of the American Association for Corpus Linguistics. The chapters cover aspects of language use (usage-based accounts of morphology/syntax of English and Tok Pisin), language learning (corpus-based learning of English, syntactic development observable in a Learner Corpus of English, “core” vocabulary items for learners of English) and language documentation (a new and innovative usage-based frequency dictionary of English, proposals to broaden the traditional understanding of a corpus in various directions, e.g., constructing a corpus of the content of Japanese manga comics). Taken together, the thirteen chapters represent a good cross-section of strands of new work in corpus linguistics, as practised by international scholars working on English and other languages.
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Table of contents

John Newman, Sally Rice and Harald Baayen: Introduction
Language Use
Kristina Geeraert and John Newman: I haven’t drank in weeks: the use of past tense forms as past participles in English corpora
Conor Snoek: Irregular – im suffixation in Tok Pisin: exploratory methods in multivariate analysis
Gunnar Bergh: Complex extractions in a diachronic perspective
Laura Teddiman: Subject ellipsis by text type: an investigation using ICE-GB
Language Learning
Li-Shih Huang: Language learners as language researchers: the acquisition of English grammar through corpus-aided discovery learning approach mediated by intra- and interpersonal dialogues
Laurence Anthony, Kiyomi Chujo and Kathryn Oghigian: A novel, web-based, parallel concordancer for use in the ESL/EFL classroom
Christine Johansson and Christer Geisler: Syntactic aspects of the writing of Swedish L2 learners of English
Hanhong Li and Alex C. Fang: Age tagging and word frequency for learners’ dictionaries
Language Documentation
Brian MacWhinney: The expanding horizons of corpus analysis
Giancarla Unser-Schutz: Developing a text-based corpus of the language of Japanese comics ( manga)
Christopher Cox: Corpus linguistics and language documentation: challenges for collaboration
Steven H. Weinberger and Stephen A. Kunath: The Speech Accent Archive: towards a typology of English accents
Mark Davies and Dee Gardner: Creating and using A frequency dictionary of Contemporary American English: word sketches, collocates, and thematic lists

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